Family's Group

A Group for the support of adult family members of alcoholic and  drug addicted colleagues was started in 1983 -  the BDDG Families Group ( - following the Annual BDDG Convention at Selsdon Park, London.

At the 1983 BDDG Annual Convention Rev. Leslie Virgo was asked to run a series of Workshops for the family members of alcoholic and drug addicted doctors and dentists and also to provide counselling sessions. From this grew the Families Group of BDDG with which Leslie was closely associated until retiring as Facilitator to the Group in February 2011, moving to Gloucestershire where he is still available for consultation.

The Families Group is an independent self-help group which offers help and support for all family members who are suffering, or have suffered, from the effects of a doctor's or dentist's alcohol or drug addiction. The Families Groups meet monthly, in adjacent rooms, at the same time as BDDG meetings.

When attempts at helping the drinking doctor or dentist have apparently failed, if the spouse  attends Families Group meetings, very often the partner doctor or dentist eventually joins BDDG. Like their partners in BDDG who are also members of AA or NA, many family members also become involved in AI-Anon (a fellowship for relatives and friends of alcoholics) or Families Anon (a fellowship for relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs) and this also gives helpful support.

Unfortunately, a high percentage of doctors' and dentists’ marriages have encountered difficulties before the doctor or dentist comes into recovery, but, in recovery, reconciliation is frequently possible.

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BDDG National Secretary


Telephone: 07825 107 970


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